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Palestinians: Ethnic group
The Palestinian people, also referred to as Palestinians or Palestinian Arabs, are an ethnonational group comprising the modern descendants of the peoples who have lived in Palestine continuously over the centuries and who today are largely culturally and linguistically Arab; this definition includes those ethnic Jews and Samaritans who fit this definition. Despite various wars and exoduses, roughly one half of the world's Palestinian population continues to reside in historic Palestine, the area encompassing the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and Israel. In this combined area, as of 2005, Palestinians constituted 49% of all inhabitants, encompassing the entire population of the Gaza Strip (1.865 million), the majority of the population of the West Bank and 20.95% of the population of Israel proper as Arab citizens of Israel. Many are Palestinian refugees or internally displaced Palestinians, including more than a million in the Gaza Strip, about 750,000 in the West Bank and about 250,000 in Israel proper. Of the Palestinian population who live abroad, known as the Palestinian diaspora, more than half are stateless, lacking citizenship in any country. Between 2.1 and 3.24 million of the diaspora population live in neighboring Jordan, over 1 million live between Syria and Lebanon and about 750,000 live in Saudi Arabia, with Chile's half a million representing the largest concentration outside the Middle East.

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UK's Prince Charles urges Middle East peace, visits grandmother's tomb

The heir to the British throne expressed sadness on Friday over the suffering and hardship faced by Palestinians and called for "a just and lasting peace" in the Middle East on the third day of his..
Reuters - Published

Explainer: What do we know about Trump's Mideast peace plan?

More than two years after first proposed a peace plan for Israel and the Palestinians, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he would reveal details on how he will tackle the long intractable..
Reuters - Published

Videos for Palestinians


'Come to us': Palestinian leader on Trump's plan [Video]'Come to us': Palestinian leader on Trump's plan

U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to unveil his long-awaited peace plan for Israelis and Palestinians within days. Trump's history of upending diplomatic norms in the region means that..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:54Published

Former UN official slams Israel 'humiliation' of Palestinians [Video]Former UN official slams Israel 'humiliation' of Palestinians

Former UN Assistant Secretary-General Andrew Gilmour has described the situation for Palestinians as "appalling" and "indescribable".

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:28Published

U.N. Palestinian refugee agency says U.S., Israel working against it [Video]U.N. Palestinian refugee agency says U.S., Israel working against it

The interim head of the U.N. agency that aids Palestinian refugees accused the United States on Thursday of lobbying foreign parliaments to stop donations to the organization, to which Washington cut..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:09Published

Santa on a camel delivers Christmas trees in Jerusalem's Old City [Video]Santa on a camel delivers Christmas trees in Jerusalem's Old City

Issa Kassissieh, a Palestinian Christian, has been sharing both Christmas trees and spirit with Jerusalem's citizens in recent years.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:14Published

HRW highlights more than 50 years of oppression by Israel [Video]HRW highlights more than 50 years of oppression by Israel

With no end to the occupation or a peace process in sight, the group says it is time for Israel to give Palestinians equality.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:41Published

Torture allegations: Palestinians fear for prisoner [Video]Torture allegations: Palestinians fear for prisoner

Israeli Supreme Court outlawed torture in 1999 but it allowed use of physical pressure in some cases of exceptional methods in interrogation. But critics say some of these measures amount to torture.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:38Published

 

Trump's peace plan may polarize the Middle East it seeks to calm

As U.S. President Donald Trump prepares to host Israeli leaders in Washington to reveal details of his long-delayed Middle East peace plan, Palestinians warned on Friday that no deal could work without..
Reuters - Published

Netanyahu, Gantz invited to White House next week

Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday announced that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main political rival, Benny Gantz, would visit the White House next week to discuss the "prospect..
USATODAY.com - Published

Israeli soldiers kill three Palestinians in Gaza border attack

israeli soldiers kill three palestinians in gaza border attack
Israeli soldiers on Tuesday shot and killed three Palestinians who threw an explosive towards them after attempting to cross the fence from neighbouring...
WorldNews - Published Also reported by •Reuters

Three Gazans shot dead after throwing explosive towards Israeli troops: military

Israeli troops on Tuesday shot and killed three Palestinians who threw an explosive towards them after attempting to cross the border from neighboring Gaza, Israel's military said.
Reuters - Published

Pompeo says U.S. support for Israeli settlements advances peace with Palestinians

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that Washington's backing for Israel's settlements in the occupied West Bank will advance Israeli-Palestinian peace, angering Palestinian leaders..
Reuters - Published

Israel trims funds to Palestinians over militant casualties

Israel will withold around $43 million in tax handovers to the cash-strapped Palestinian Authority (PA) over its financial support for the families of slain or wounded Palestinian militants, the..
Reuters - Published

Rocket sends Netanyahu to shelter during rally: TV

rocket sends netanyahu to shelter during rally: tv
A rocket on Wednesday was launched from the Gaza Strip at a southern Israeli city where Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s election campaign was hosting a rally, forcing him to take shelter..
WorldNews - Published

Pope Francis kicks off Christmas celebrations with midnight Mass

pope francis kicks off christmas celebrations with midnight mass
Pope Francis ushered in Christmas celebrations for the world's 1.3 billion Catholics on Tuesday, saying the celebration of Jesus's birth reminded humanity how "God continues to love us all, even the..
WorldNews - Published

Gaza Christians say few Israeli permits granted for Christmas travel

Fewer than half of Christians from Gaza who sought Israeli permits to visit holy cities such as Bethlehem and Jerusalem at Christmas have so far had their applications granted, members of the small..
Reuters - Published

Banksy's 'Scar of Bethlehem' nativity unveiled in West Bank hotel

British street artist Banksy has brought a somber Christmas spirit to a hotel he founded in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, with a nativity scene evoking the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Reuters - Published

Anonymous British artist Banksy unveils dark nativity scene in Belthlehem

British street artist Banksy has brought a sombre Christmas spirit to a hotel he founded in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, with a nativity scene evoking the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
France 24 - Published

Hamas welcomes ICC decision to open probe into Israeli war crimes in Palestinian territories

hamas welcomes icc decision to open probe into israeli war crimes in palestinian territories
The Palestinian Islamic resistance movement, Hamas, has praised an announcement by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to launch an investigation into war crimes committed by the Israeli regime in..
WorldNews - Published

Hague Prosecutor Ready to Investigate Israel, if Assured of Jurisdiction

Palestinians welcomed the announcement, while Israeli officials erupted in anger.
NYTimes.com - Published

ICC to investigate alleged war crimes in Palestinian Territories

icc to investigate alleged war crimes in palestinian territories
A full investigation into alleged war crimes in the Palestinian Territories, which could include charges against Israelis or Palestinians, is to be opened by the International Criminal Court (ICC)...
WorldNews - Published Also reported by •France 24Reuters

Netanyahu says ICC has ‘NO JURISDICTION’ to probe Israeli ‘war crimes’ in Palestine

netanyahu says icc has ‘no jurisdiction’ to probe israeli ‘war crimes’ in palestine
The International Criminal Court (ICC) has decided it will launch a full-fledged probe into alleged war crimes in the Palestinian lands by Israel. In response, Tel Aviv has declared the court’s..
WorldNews - Published

ICC to probe alleged war crimes in Palestinian areas, pending jurisdiction

The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor said on Friday she would launch a full investigation into alleged war crimes in the Palestinian Territories as soon as the court's jurisdiction had..
Reuters - Published

Turkey denies allowing Hamas to operate on Turkish soil

turkey denies allowing hamas to operate on turkish soil
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Thursday denied accusations that a militant Palestinian group is using its territory to plan attacks against Israel. The denial came following media reports that..
WorldNews - Published

Palestinians eye long-delayed election, ask Israel to allow Jerusalem voting

The Palestinian Authority (PA) said on Tuesday its heralded national election must also be held in East Jerusalem, an area annexed by Israel, raising a demand on which a still-unscheduled vote could..
Reuters - Published

Hamas says seeking to further deepen ties with Iran

hamas says seeking to further deepen ties with iran
The Political Bureau Chief of the Palestinian Hamas resistance movement has said the movement seeks to further deepen its ties with Iran and is not interested in talks with the US, despite..
WorldNews - Published

Turkey adds former Palestinian politician Dahlan to most wanted list

Turkey has added exiled Palestinian politician Mohammed Dahlan to its "red list" of most-wanted terrorism suspects, offering a reward of up to 10 million lira ($1.75 million) for information leading to..
Reuters - Published

Sabra and Chatila taught me all massacres become 'alleged massacres' if we don't pay attention

sabra and chatila taught me all massacres become 'alleged massacres' if we don't pay attention
Not that long ago, I spotted a report in an American newspaper which referred to the “alleged Sabra and Chatila massacre”. Up to 1,700 civilians, most of them Palestinians, were slaughtered in the..
WorldNews - Published

U.S. House passes resolution breaking with Trump on Israel policy

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a symbolic resolution on Friday backing a two-state solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, following initiatives from President Donald..
Reuters - Published

Israel detains Palestinian Authority TV journalists in Jerusalem

Israeli police on Friday detained four journalists from the Palestinian Authority's official television station in Jerusalem, drawing protest from Palestinians who say their activities in the holy city..
Reuters - Published

After 20 years, Palestinian mother and son reunited in Egypt

Palestinian journalist Amjad Yaghi was just nine years old when his mother left the Gaza Strip on what should have been a short trip to Egypt for medical treatment.
Reuters - Published

Israeli troops kill Palestinian in the West Bank: health ministry

Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank opened fire at a Palestinian who threw a fire-bomb at a car on Saturday, the Israeli military said, and the Palestinian Health Ministry said the man was..
Reuters - Published

Palestinians protest new U.S. stance on settlements in "day of rage"

About 2,000 gathered in West Bank city of Ramallah, burning posters of President Trump as well as Israeli and American flags
CBS News - Published

Israel expels Human Rights Watch official over boycott accusations

A Human Rights Watch (HRW) official complied with an Israeli expulsion order on Monday imposed over accusations he backs an international pro-Palestinian boycott, but said the edict would only..
Reuters - Published

Just in time for Christmas, wooden manger relics heading from Rome to Bethlehem: Palestinians

Wooden relics said to be from the manger that held the infant Jesus will be returned from Rome to Bethlehem in time for the Christmas season, Palestinian officials said on Friday.
Reuters - Published

The US policy shift on Israeli settlements will not stop Palestinians persevering

the us policy shift on israeli settlements will not stop palestinians persevering
The day before US secretary of state Mike Pompeo’s announcement that the United States now considers the Israeli settlements in the West Bank to be legal, I accompanied an American group of writers..
WorldNews - Published

Vatican says Israeli-Palestinian peace process at risk after U.S. move

The Vatican said on Thursday the search for peace between Israelis and Palestinians had been put at risk after the United States backed Israel's building of settlements in the occupied West Bank.
Reuters - Published

Trump’s Middle East Peace Plan Faces Dimmer Prospects Than Ever

Israel’s political limbo and a new United States policy toward settlements have further diminished hopes that the plan will be the basis for an Israeli-Palestinian deal.
NYTimes.com - Published

U.S. support for Israeli settlements renews focus on core issue in Mideast conflict

Israel's ruling right-wing government on Tuesday moved swiftly to embrace Washington's backing for Israeli settlements, even as Palestinians and Arab leaders said it was a threat to the international..
Reuters - Published

Israel's settlers and the Palestinians they live among

His people's link to the land goes back to biblical times, says the comics illustrator. His neighbor, a farmer, says the land belonged to his ancestors and has been stolen. One is an Israeli settler,..
Reuters - Published

Pompeo's remarks on Israeli settlements draw the ire of Palestinians

pompeo's remarks on israeli settlements draw the ire of palestinians
Ramallah/Gaza -- The remarks of the United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that Israeli settlements in the West Bank "don't contradict with the international laws" have on Monday outraged the..
WorldNews - Published

US settlement move endorses 'law of jungle' - Palestinians

Palestinians condemn the US for saying Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank are not illegal.
BBC News - Published

U.S. backs Israel on settlements, angering Palestinians and clouding peace process

The United States on Monday effectively backed Israel's right to build Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank by abandoning its four-decade-old position that they were "inconsistent with..
Reuters - Published

Trump administration reverses Obama policy on Israeli settlements

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday that the Trump administration is reversing the Obama administration's approach toward Israeli settlements. "The establishment of Israeli civilian..
CBS News - Published

Israel welcomes U.S. settlement move, Palestinians outraged

Israel praised a U.S. decision on Monday to soften its position on Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, a move that upset the Palestinians who said it contradicts international law.
Reuters - Published

Gaza held ‘hostage’ by Netanyahu's domestic political agenda

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is using an offensive against a Palestinian militant group in Gaza to try to patch together a coalition of national cohesion, Leila Shahid, the Palestinian..
France 24 - Published

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